Patrick McDermott

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

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East Byrd Street 901-951
Richmond 23219 VA US

Patrick M. McDermott counsels clients on all aspects of insurance and reinsurance coverage. He assists clients in obtaining appropriate coverage and represents clients in resolving disputes over coverage, including in litigation and arbitration.

During law school, Patrick served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Michael F. Urbanski in the US District Court for the Western District of Virginia and for the Honorable Ricardo M. Urbina of in US District Court for the District of Columbia.


  • Litigated billion-dollar dispute under professional liability/errors and omissions (E&O) policies arising from allegations of insurer bad faith failure to settle class action brought under Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
  • Litigated insurance coverage under claims-made policy for settlement of class action alleging defects in over-the-counter medical product and related claims for bad faith
  • Represented cedent in state court and federal court litigations in disputes with facultative reinsurers over coverage for payments made for underlying asbestos lawsuits, and involving follow-the-fortunes and follow-the-settlements doctrines, allocation disputes, and reinsurance limits disputes (Bellefonte)
  • Represented cedent in arbitration over coverage under facultative reinsurance certificates through multi-day hearing involving allocation issues and reinsurance limits defense (Bellefonte)
  • Represented client through two-week international arbitration between consumer health and beauty product manufacturer and European insurer involving rescission claim
  • Advised equity group regarding purchase of representations and warranties insurance for acquisition
  • Counseled investment firm on impact of Delaware insurance statutes and regulations on proposed transaction
  • Represented cedent regarding claims under reinsurance treaty for coverage for payments made under policyholder’s self-insured health insurance program
  • Litigated dispute among policyholder, insurer, and broker arising out of insurer’s denial of coverage after theft of policyholder’s boat
  • Represented client in disputes with insurer and broker regarding coverage for defense costs for Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) lawsuit under employment practices liability (EPL) policy
  • Represented client in coverage dispute under directors and officers (D&O) and EPL coverages regarding coverage for defense costs for underlying lawsuit arising out of, among other things, acquisition agreement and related employment agreements
  • Represented client in dispute between healthcare industry service provider and insurer under all-risk property policy over coverage for shipments made as a result of fraudulent invoices
  • Litigated dispute regarding coverage under legacy general liability policies for underlying lawsuits claiming bodily injuries related to contaminated groundwater and asbestos
  • Arbitrated dispute over coverage under reinsurance treaties for settlement of claims made under errors and omissions (E&O) policies arising out of underlying lawsuit alleging violations of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
  • Represented cedent in state court litigation with facultative reinsurer involving allocation issues and reinsurance limits defense (Bellefonte)
  • Represented cedent in federal court litigation involving notice obligations and rescission claim
  • Litigated dispute between policyholder and broker involving breach of contract and negligence claims against broker
  • Litigated dispute over coverage under media liability policy
  • Advised client on recovery under directors and officers (D&O) policy in connection with ongoing bankruptcy proceeding
  • Litigated dispute in state court related to coverage under commercial lines policy issued to city and involving applicability of employers’ liability exclusion
  • Advised client on recovery under errors and omissions (E&O) coverage for settlement of underlying bodily injury claim
  • Advised cedent on recovery under reinsurance contracts for settlement of underlying claims submitted under public entity liability policy
  • Represented college students facing allegations of hazing in connection with obtaining insurance coverage under liability policies
  • Represented inmate pro bono in action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, including through multi-day jury trial
  • Represented nature conservancy pro bono in dispute with state governmental agency regarding permits


  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude, 2010
  • BS, BA, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, cum laude, 2006


  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia


  • US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia


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